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Just a click away, NOT!

Just a click when I turn the key in the ignition. Starter? All electronics work in the vehicle when key is powered on. Just replaced the battery 2 weeks ago. Belt has been squeeking since purchased from used car lot 1 1/2 months ago.

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  • Cristina Fischer
    Cristina Fischer Sep 12, 2009

    Problem is, I can't get it to start now. All it does is click. Everything else works like it's suppose to. The air, the radio etc... But it just keeps clicking. No actual turn over.

  • James Young May 11, 2010

    The squeaking belt is common in this model and needs to be replaced. Have the battery tested at Auto Zone to see if it has amperage. If not replace the battery and have the alternator tested. If it passes good if not replace. The Belts on that engine are a real pain to adjust and generally pick up a slight squeak over time.



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Starter solenoid most likely. Check the connections on the solenoid and the starter itself.

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How do I get key out of ignition or start car?

You have to watch that now ,even on a 2006 vehicle . With the electronics an the number of control modules , every system has an electronic control module - a computer . When they lose power strange thing's happen .Sometime the only thing that will get the vehicle up an running again is a trip to the dealer . Battery Disconnect or Replacement Problems There are only a couple of thing's you could check an only if you know how the stating system works .It depends on what model LH2 or LY7 . You have to look in the under hood fuse / relay box an see if there is a STARTER relay . The starter relay is energized by the ECU - engine computer, there by cranking the engine over . Circuit Description
Moving the ignition switch to the CRANK position sends a 12 V signal to the ECM Ignition Crank Sense. The ECM verifies that the transmission is in the PARK or NEUTRAL position. The ECM then grounds the control circuit of the STARTER relay. When the STARTER relay is energized it allows voltage to the starter solenoid S terminal.
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Linear Shift Assembly: If the vehicle is equipped with a column mounted gear shift, it has a linear shift assembly on the steering column. The linear shift assembly has a cable that runs from the linear shift assembly to the ignition lock cylinder case. The purpose of this cable is to prevent the ignition key from being turned to the OFF position when the transmission is in gear and the vehicle may still be moving. The linear shift assembly cable contains a pin that is spring loaded to mechanically prevent the ignition key cylinder from being turned to the lock position when the vehicle transmission is not in the PARK position. If vehicle power is lost, and/or the transmission is not in the PARK position the operator will not be able to turn the ignition key to the lock position and will not be able to remove the ignition key from the column.
Given the amount of electronics on your vehicle ,without hooking up a factory grade scan tool to see which modules are still communicating it would be impossible for me or anyone else to give you a diagnostic direction. I have had vehicles like this come to the shop after the owner tried thing's, an it cost them a lot more then it would have if they just had it towed to the shop .You have no idea about the complexity of you vehicle .

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My 2009 Ford F150 XLT was running just fine today until I got home and turned it off. Later I went to leave but when I turned the ignition all I got was a loud sound as if maybe the starter was going

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Check to see if the car has oil in it. Open the hood and check your oil dipstick. Lack of oil could cause the vehicle to seize.
Look on the dashboard for a security or key-shaped light. This light represents the immobilizer, which allows the car to run only if the correct key is inserted. If this light is present, there could be a problem with the immobilizer or the key. Use a spare key or get another key from the dealer.
Put the gear shifter in neutral and try to start the car. If the vehicle turns over, the safety neutral shift could be bad. The neutral safety shift allows the vehicle to start when in neutral or park. If the vehicle turns over in neutral but not in park, the switch could be bad.
Turn the car key in the ignition to see if it cranks. If it does not crank, go to step six. If it cranks but does not start, then the problem is either spark or fuel. This means it is not getting gas, which could be the result of a faulty fuel pump or clogged fuel filter, or spark, which could result from problems in the ignition system, such as bad spark plugs, bad wires or a bad distributor cap, rotor or ignition module. If it is an electronic ignition and there is no distributor cap, the coil pack could be bad.
Turn the car key again and listen for the fuel pump to come on. You should hear the fuel pump build up pressure. If not, you might need a new fuel pump.
Put the car firmly in park. Turn the key in the ignition and if there is no crank, the electronic key pad in the ignition could be bad.
Turn the key and listen for a loud click. If you hear a click, the starter solenoid, starter cable or starter could be bad.

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In my 1999 dodge caravan the ignition only turns the engine over after repeated attempts.

Sounds to me like the ignition switch itself. If there is no click or absolutely nothing and after several key turns it will work then the ignition switch itself is going bad. I'm not positive if this vehicle has a security key. If it does try another key if have more than 1 for the vehicle or get a replacement key. The ignition switch will either need replaced or could be the switch no longer able to read the security key if it has one.

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1st no power to coil 2nd now no power to starter Starter is new coil pack new and checked out ECM changed twice all senors changed Timing chain changed.was real loose, just changed switch on top of...

In older cars, the natural wear and tear on a vehicle can lead to ignition switch failure. If the switch is failing, you will probably not hear any clicks from the main relay, which fires the ignition. Check the behavior of the dashboard lights if your vehicle stalls. Alternatively, when the key is first turned to position two, the oil light, brake light, charge light and other warning lights will not function. You can try a test to check the integrity of the ignition switch by turning the ignition key to the 'start' position. As soon as it tries to start let go of the key. Allow it to snap back to the 'run' position and note warning lights. If they go out as the switch snaps back then the switch is faulty. if faulty it will not let power through to the starter to start car. check all fuses first. but sounds like switch.

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When I insert key to start the car it will not turn at all. What is this part called?

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Power to many of this vehicle's circuits are controlled by the module that is designated the Power Mode Master (PMM). This vehicle's PMM is the Body Control Module (BCM). The PMM controls which power mode (Run, Accessory, Crank, or Off) is active.
Serial Data Power Mode
On vehicles that have several control modules connected by serial data circuits, one module is the Power Mode Master (PMM). The BCM is the PMM on this vehicle. The PMM receives 3 discrete ignition switch signals to differentiate which power mode will be sent over the Class 2 Serial Data circuit.
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Those modules that have discrete ignition signal inputs also remain in the state dictated by the last valid PMM message received on the serial data circuits. They then check the state of their discrete ignition input to determine the current valid state. If the discrete ignition input is active, battery positive voltage, the modules will fail-safe to the RUN power mode. If the discrete ignition input is not active, open, or 0 volts, the modules will fail-safe to OFF-AWAKE. In this state the modules are constantly checking for a change status message on the serial data circuits and can respond to both local inputs and serial data inputs from other modules on the vehicle.
Do you know what class 2 is ?

Class 2 Serial Data Link
The following modules use the class 2 serial data link to communicate with each other:
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• The electronic brake control module (EBCM)
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• The powertrain control module (PCM)
• The radio
• The vehicle theft deterrent (VTD)
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The class 2 serial data link on this vehicle is configured in a star pattern. There is no redundant path for the serial data to flow through. If a class 2 serial data circuit develops an open condition, the module connected by that circuit will not be able to communicate.

It is an electronic starter. ????? No it's not ! View a starter circuit here at Enter vehicle info. under system click on engine ,then under sub system click starting .

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